Terbium complexes encapsulated in hierarchically organized hybrid MOF particles toward stable luminescence in aqueous media

Yiquan Wang, Wei Zhou, Feng Chen, Kaiyao Sun, Jixi Zhang, Ezgi Özliseli, Jessica Rosenholm

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To exert the respective advantages of lanthanide complexes and metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) in luminescence and encapsulation, hierarchically organized hybrid MOF particles were developed to meet the requirements of stable luminescence for applications in biological media. Anionic terbium (Tb) complexes sensitized by tridentate pyridine-tetrazolate (pytz) ligands (i.e. Tb(pytz)3) were encapsulated in zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanoparticles (~150 nm). TIF-1Zn (Zn(DMBIM)2) frameworks were then hybridized with ZIF-8 by the mediation of a hydrophobic ligand, i.e. DMBIM (5,6-dimethylbenzimidazole). A bio-inspired polymer, i.e. polydopamine, was utilized for imparting the particles with hydrophilicity and functionalization ability. An unprecedentedly high quantum yield (82.0%) and luminescence stability in PBS buffer was realized by the hierarchical structure.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)4225–4229
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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